opioid analgesics

FDA warns about opioid-containing supplementFDA said the manufacturer of dietary supplements containing kratom, a natural opioid used to treat opioid use disorder, agreed to destroy the supplements, and is again warning the public about kratom.
Shorter hospital stays and reduced costs possible with IV acetaminophenA new study has found that use of acetaminophen injection and reduced use of opioids to treat acute surgical pain can save a medium-sized hospital an estimated $4.7 million annually.
Pain management: Patient needs must come firstAlthough pain relief is a national political issue, healthcare providers still have a moral obligation to ensure that patients have access to all available resources to alleviate their pain.
AMCP fights back: Abuse-deterrent opioid coverage mandateThe Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is opposing Ohio House Bill 248, because it believes the bill would mandate coverage of abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drug products “without regard to the balance between the unique and varied needs of individual patients.”
Study: Many opioid users are taking Rx drugs in potentially harmful combinations; education neededA majority of opioid users are taking the painkillers concurrently with other prescription drugs, according to a report from Express Scripts that analyzed US opioid trends.